Our StoryDowntown Athens, Georgia is renowned for its rich cultural history, creative artistic community, local businesses and world famous music scene. Athens has earned its nickname the "Classic City."
Today, a massive downtown development proposal threatens to alter Athens irrevocably. Athens' citizens have discovered in an 11th hour revelation that Selig Enterprises plans to build a 100,000 sq. foot Walmart in downtown Athens. The construction of a big box store in downtown Athens will devastate the existing local business community and threatens to turn a vibrant downtown area into a ghost town of shuttered stores and empty buildings.
We encourage the citizens of Athens to "Raise Your Voice" so your elected officials know that we can do better than plop a 100,000 sq. ft. Walmart in downtown Athens. We want to see our elected officials execute an Athens-based vision for downtown development that will better benefit the local citizens and enhance the long term viability of Athens.
What We Need & What You GetWe are hoping to raise at least $3000 to create multi-media projects that will raise citizens' awareness of what is going on. Public support is crucial and due to the speed at which some of our elected officials are trying to get this project by, there is a great lack of information for the average person in our city. We need to quickly get information out to the people of Athens and let them have a voice in a decision that will affect every person in the city for years to come.
We are trying to get the funding together to do a Call-To-Action mini-documentary that we can spread virally through social networking sites and the internet in order to raise awareness of this issue. We currently have signed a petition with over 17,000 signatures of people against a giant box store taking over our downtown community and we believe that an aggressive online information campaign will help us reach a tipping point in preserving our city.
With your donations we are trying to get materials gathered to let every member of the Athens community participate in this movement.
Other Ways You Can Help
It is critical for the the citizens of our town to have an voice in the future development of our city. To keep up to date on everything that is going on please visit http://peopleforabetterathens.org.